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AAPD Supports Updating FCC Rules to Bring Telecommunications Accessibility into the 21st Century

By Lisa Ekman  |  September 1, 2015

AAPD submitted comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) on Monday 8/24 in support of two petitions submitted to the FCC by AT&T related to updating its regulations regarding access to telecommunications for people who are deaf or hard of hearing or have a speech impairment. Learn More »

IoT Innovations Offer Essential Benefits for People with Disabilities

By AAPD  |  August 17, 2015

Earlier this year, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) turned 25. When it was enacted, this revolutionary legislation transformed the lives of millions of Americans with disabilities. Today, Internet-connected devices offer a similar potential to transform quality of life for many folks, particularly for people with disabilities. These innovations are ushering in a new societal revolution, one in which anything (and everything) can be connected. Learn More »

World of an Intern

By Alyssa Lyon  |  August 10, 2015

It is the final week of my internship at the American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD). I applied for the internship because I wanted to advocate for disabled individuals and improve the system, specifically the implementation of laws that currently exist. There continues to be a lack of understanding in educational institutions and in the workforce. In both school and work settings, individuals with disabilities are not always accepted fully and frequently are not granted the accommodations they need to succeed. Learn More »

How my 1st Federal Employment Experience inspired me to become a civil rights attorney for the Deaf, disabled, and disadvantaged

By Brian K. Lucas  |  August 5, 2015

When I was becoming confident that my life was headed into the right direction, in September 2009, it only took one word to destroy my confidence and naive outlook on life—it was the rudest awakening I have ever had to date. The signing word ‘left’ felt like a sledge-hammer swung gracefully by unholy hands to shatter my glass innocence into shards that would never quite be pieced back together. Learn More »

A Summer To Remember

By Brian Meersma  |  August 3, 2015

The AAPD summer intern program has been a great learning experience. Besides getting first-hand experience working in the federal government, the internship has provided me with the opportunity to make connections and learn from amazing people working in the disability field. Learn More »

The Intersection Between Technology and Special Education

By Sedinam Worlanyo  |  July 31, 2015

I recently went to a talk organized by The National Coalition for Technology in Education and Training, titled “Seizing Opportunity in the Digital Age: The Intersection between Technology and Special Education.” As someone who loves technology and is passionate about special education, seeing a bridge being built between those two is exciting for me. Learn More »

Exploring and Rewarding Innovation in the Area of Accessibility

By Susan Diegelman  |  July 31, 2015

Earlier this week, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) celebrated its 25th birthday. The law was designed to reduce physical and economic barriers for those with disabilities and over the past 25 years, technology has played an integral role in this process. Learn More »

Hear Me Out

By Dominique Villanueva  |  July 29, 2015

No one was listening to me. It wasn’t too long ago that I was insisting that I didn’t have to wear hearing aids. Audiologists insisted that it looked fine, that no one really cared about looks. It was more important that I hear. Learn More »

Opening Doors

By Shia Byers  |  July 28, 2015

Five months before my college graduation, I was nervously wondering what I was going to do with my Human Services degree after college. I knew one thing: I wanted a career in advocating for people with disabilities. However, my mind had that uncertain feeling wondering where I would fit into my chosen field. Learn More »

Presence is Key

By Kay McMillan  |  July 27, 2015

In order to get the Americans with Disabilities Act passed in 1990, people with disabilities had to advocate and fight to get a law that protected their civil rights. People with physical disabilities got out of their wheelchairs and crawled up the stairs of the U.S. Capitol in protest of the House of Representatives not passing the ADA. Learn More »

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